Leaving Key West today to drive the 126 miles back to the start of the keys and head west to the Everglades, a 5 hour drive in total. The traffic is not too bad and as we pass through No Name Key we have to slow down to let two key deer cross the highway in front of us. They are quite a small deer and roam freely on some of the keys.
We had planned to stop an Anhinga Trail in the Everglades National Park for a break and a walk on the trail but we seem to be running short of time so decide to go straight to Everglades City as we are booked on the 10,000 island tour at 3.30. We turn into Highway US41 and not far along we see an alligator on the side of the road. Two wildlife sightings in one day but I was not quick enough with the camera for either one.
Everglades City is a bit of a hick town. We are really in the backwaters of the south. After checking in to our Motel we take our boat tour to see some of the 10,000 islands in the Everglades National Park. We head straight out in the boat to the Gulf of Mexico and then wind our way back through 1,000’s of tiny islands. We see 4 or 5 dolphins and lots of birds and search 5 or 6 places for manatees but unfortunately we are not successful in sighting any manatees. It is high tide now so the manatees can move freely into many areas. If it had been low tide, because of their size, the manatees would have been confined to fewer areas and thus we would have had more chance of sighting some. Disappointing but a lovely ride out on the water.
Out to dinner tonight to Camellias Restaurant, one of only 3 restaurants in town. The food is really good, Phil has grouper and vegetables and me, soft shell crab salad. Phil has finally decided to try the Key Lime Pie, a very famous dish in Florida and its yellow as it should be, (limes here are yellow not green) and delicious!